Friday night football forecast (week 2)

Must-see matchups

Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (1-0) at Jesuit (1-0), 7

The last-minute contest is a big one. Both teams are ranked among the top 55 nationally by MaxPreps and have state title aspirations in their respective classifications. 

Pinkos’ pick: St. Thomas Aquinas by 24

Putnam’s prediction: St. Thomas Aquinas 24-21

Hillsborough (1-0) at Armwood (1-0), 7:30

This is a chance for the Terriers to exact revenge from last year’s rout against the Hawks in the season opener. 

Pinkos’ pick: Armwood by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Hillsborough 21-20

Newsome (1-0) at Bloomingdale (0-1), 7:30

The Wolves enter this rivalry game with the better record and can a lot of momentum by kocking off the defending state semifinalist Bulls. 

Pinkos’ pick: Bloomingdale by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Newsome 17-14

Lakewood (1-0) at Palmetto (0-0), 7:30

The Spartans put their 20-game regular season win streak on the line against the Tigers in their regular season opener. 

Pinkos’ pick: Palmetto by 4

Putnam’s prediction: Lakewood 20-14

Hernando (0-0) at Zephyrhills (1-0), 7:30

Both teams have eight returning starters on defense so don’t expect a lot of scoring. 

Pinkos’ pick: Zephyrhills by 18

Putnam’s prediction: Zephyrhills 14-12

Calvary Christian (1-0) at Berkeley Prep (1-0), 7

The Warriors got past one challenge by beating Lakeland Victory Christian. Can Calvary Christian do it again against the defending state finalist Buccaneers. 

Pinkos’ pick: Berkeley Prep by 18

Putnam’s prediction: Berkeley Prep 24-10

Largo (1-0) at Pinellas Park (1-0), 7

The Patriots have some balance on offense, which could be key in staying undefeated. 

Pinkos’ pick: Pinellas Park by 1

Putnam’s prediction: Pinellas Park 21-14

River Ridge (0-1) at Mitchell (1-0), 7:30

The Mustangs are aiming for their sixth straight victory over the host Royal Knights in what might be the biggest rivalry game in the area. 

Pinkos’ pick: Mitchell by 27

Putnam’s prediction: Mitchell 35-21

The remaining games

Oasis Christian at Foundation Christian, 4

Pinkos’ pick: Foundation Christian by 1

Putnam’s prediction: Foundation Christian 22-20

Boca Ciega at Countryside, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Boca Ciega by 34

Putnam’s prediction: Boca Ciega 17-16

University Christian at Zephyrhills Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: University Christian by 21

Putnam’s prediction: University Christian 27-14

Lakeland Victory Christian at Cambridge Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Victory Christian by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Victory Christian 28-13

Land O’ Lakes at Hollins, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Hollins by 3

Putnam’s prediction: Hollins 30-28

St. Petersburg Catholic at Master’s Academy, 7

Pinkos’ pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: SPC 21-16

Shorecrest at Lakeside Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Shorecrest by 17

Putnam’s prediction: Shorecrest 34-20

Bishop McLaughlin at Keswick Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Keswick Christian by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Keswick Christian 28-7

Palm Harbor University at St. Petersburg, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Palm Harbor University by 20

Putnam’s prediction: Palm Harbor University 31-7

Bell Creek Academy at Indian Rocks Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Indian Rocks Christian by 48

Putnam’s prediction: Indian Rocks Christian 38-14

Dunedin at Osceola, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Osceola by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Osceola 34-30

Tarpon Springs at Seminole, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Seminole by 15

Putnam’s prediction: Seminole 24-13

Northside Christian at Carrollwood Day, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Carrollwood Day by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Carrollwood Day 30-14

Lakeland Kathleen at Tampa Catholic, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Tampa Catholic by 8

Putnam’s prediction: Tampa Catholic 22-17

Jefferson at Plant City, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Plant City by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Plant City 26-7

Ocala Trinity Catholic at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Clearwater Central Catholic by 13

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater Central Catholic 28-21

East Lake at Clearwater, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Clearwater by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater 24-23

Sunlake at Hudson, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Hudson by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Hudson 31-23

Tampa Bay Tech at Steinbrenner, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Tampa Bay Tech by 25

Putnam’s prediction: Tampa Bay Tech 34-17

Durant at Lennard, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Durant by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Lennard 28-19

Tru Prep Academy at Clearwater Academy, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Clearwater Academy by 3

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater Academy 23-17

Middleton at Riverview, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Riverview by 18

Putnam’s prediction: Riverview 27-7

Nature Coast at Pasco, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Nature Coast by 18

Putnam’s prediction: Nature Coast 30-16

Gaither at Chamberlain, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Gaither by 18

Putnam’s prediction: Gaither 21-9

Brandon at Sumner, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: N/A 

Putnam’s prediction: Sumner 14-10 

North Florida Educational Institute at Seffner Christian, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Seffner Christian by 19

Putnam’s prediction: Seffner Christian 28-16

Alonso at Spoto, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Alonso by 14

Putnam’s prediction: Alonso 27-6

Gulf at Bradenton Bayshore, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Bayshore by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Gulf 16-10

Freedom at Blake, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Blake by 1

Putnam’s prediction: Freedom 13-12

King at Sickles, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Sickles by 32

Putnam’s prediction: Sickles 42-14

Plant at Robinson, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Plant by 20

Putnam’s prediction: Plant 24-0

Anclote at Fivay, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Fivay by 13

Putnam’s prediction: Anclote 20-18

East Bay at Strawberry Crest, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: East Bay by 23

Putnam’s prediction: East Bay 28-6

Springstead at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Springstead by 26

Putnam’s prediction: Springstead 37-14